Bama, Clemson lead AP preseason Top 25 poll

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Oklahoma State is unranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 2015.

This marks the third straight year Alabama has started the season ranked atop the AP Top 25.

The Crimson Tide has now been ranked No. 1 in the AP poll at least once in the last 11 seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the wire service's rankings.

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Every August, rankings releases are met with a popular refrain in response: that preseason polls don't matter.

Alabama, who has won five national titles since 2009, received 42 out of 61 first-place votes and will look to repeat last season's performance where they both started and finished #1 in the rankings.

There are not too many surprises at the top of the poll. It was the tenth consecutive year in which the Seminoles have opened the season ranked in the AP poll. Oklahoma State is the top Big 12 team among those receiving votes with 51 points (29th overall).

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Alabama and Clemson are seen by many as the top two teams in the country and most preseason polls (and projection systems) fall in line with that thinking. Kansas State and Iowa State also received votes from the Big 12.

OU opens the 2018 season by hosting Florida Atlantic on September 1 at 11 a.m. CT at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The Coaches' Poll was released earlier this month.

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